we don't record flowers because they are ephemeral
For Piano Quintet
string quartet and piano
The Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, 2011
June 9, 2011, by the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival members; Geneva, NY
Listen to the piece. (Please excuse the random boat horns echoing across a lake in the distance.)
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This piece was written as a continuation of the exploration of string writing that I started with The Lotus Blooms. I wanted to utilize the delicate majesty of artificial harmonics in less consonant contexts. Since harmonics are simply emphasized partials in the overtone series, I also decided to center the piece on the overtone series--this particular one being based on "C.". While I wouldn't consider myself a Spectralist, I have always been fascinated by the variety of materials contained in this naturally occurring phenomenon.
As is usual for me, I chose the title for this piece after I had completed its composition. The fragile nature of harmonics reminded me of a line from The Little Prince which became the title. It speaks of the fragile lives of flowers while referencing the stability of nature. Using the stability of the overtone series in the piano part, I wrote very exposed individual parts in the strings to create glowing textures.
- Michael Henson